Cycling for Everyone
Cycling for Everyone

ThinkBike Workshop in Swiss city of St. Gallen

30 November 2022

On November 24th and 25th, 2022, a ThinkBike Workshop took place in the Swiss city of St Gallen. Together with a range of stakeholders from St. Gallen and its neighbouring towns, two Dutch cycling experts developed solutions to improve the local cycling hardware, software and orgware.

The ThinkBike Workshop started with an introductory presentation to Dutch Cycling: How did it develop? What are its impacts? What are its key ingredients? How can it be adapted to local needs and conditions? How can it help meet the mobility needs of diverse user groups?

After this presentation and an initial discussion, the group of experts and participants visited cantonal streets in Widnau and Balgach that are problematic for cyclists. Upon return, everyone worked together on various creative approaches for short-, medium- and long-term solutions for these streets and a coherent cycling network.

These solutions, along with stimulating presentations by the experts on Dutch best practices and comparable projects, were then presented to and discussed with a range of local stakeholders the following day. The group of stakeholders included planners and technical members of staff, managerial, project and street maintenance staff, as well as cantonal police.

The presentations and discussions had great resonance amongst the participants, who, at the end of each session, reflected upon their take-aways and next steps.

The workshop was executed by the experts Stefan Bendiks of Artgineering and Tim Adema of Roelofs.

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